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2014 Season Wrap-Up

Jan 22, 2014

THE YEAR THAT WAS: Oregon State wrapped up a roller coaster season with an impressive 38-23 win over Boise State in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Dec. 24 at Aloha Stadium. The Beavers ended the year 7-6 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-12 North (4th).  

WHO’S BACK: The Beavers expect to return 330 starts (players who have started during their careers), while losing a total of 245 due to graduation and early departures. DE Dylan Wynn is the most experienced returner with 32 starts, following by quarterback Sean Mannion with 31. The Beavers will return seven starters on offense, seven on defense and both the kicker and punter. Here is a closer look at the returnees (career #s included) and their years in 2014:
Offense (Career Stats)
SE – Richard Mullaney, Jr., 65 rec, 944 yds, 4 TDs, 8 starts
SL/TE – Caleb Smith, Jr., 27 rec, 362 yds, 4 TDs, 8 starts*
C – Isaac Seumalo, Jr., 25 career starts; ’13 Pac-12 2nd Team
RT – Sean Harlow, So., 9 career starts
TE – Connor Hamlett, Sr., 72 rec., 767 yds, 8 TDs, 17 starts, ’13 Pac-12 Hon. Mention
QB – Sean Mannion, Sr., 10,436 yds, 68 TDs, 31 starts, ’13 Pac-12 Hon. Mention
RB – Storm Woods, Jr., 1,417 rush yds, 19 TDs, 23 starts
*Smith started 7 games as OSU often used a two tight end set.

Defense (Career Stats)
RE – Dylan Wynn, Sr., 160 tackles, 12.5 TFLs, 32 starts
OLB – D.J. Alexander, Sr., 139 tackles, 11 TFLs, 20 starts
MLB – Rommel Mageo, So., 47 tackles, 5 TFLs, 7 starts
OLB – Jabral Johnson, Sr., 102 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 13 starts
OLB – Michael Doctor, Sr., 185 tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 26 starts**
LCB – Steven Nelson, Sr., 62 tackles, 6 INT, 9 starts, ’13 Pac-12 Hon. Mention
SS – Tyrequek Zimmerman, Sr., 104 tackles, 3 TFLs, 26 starts
FS – Ryan Murphy, Sr., 165 tackles, 11 TFLs, 6 INT, 28 starts, ’13 Pac-12 Hon. Mention
** Michael Doctor, who started in 2012 at OLB, returns from an ankle injury.
Specialists (Career Stats)
P – Keith Kostol, Sr., 41.3 avg., 47 I20, 24 starts
PK – Trevor Romaine, Sr., 45-60 FGs, 128-134 XPs, 37 starts

2014 SCHEDULE: The Beavers play one of the more interesting schedules in their history in 2014. Seven homes games highlight a schedule that features four of the last five games at home. Aug. 30 vs. Portland State, Sept. 6 at Hawai’i, Sept. 20 vs. San Diego State, Sept. 27 at USC, Oct. 4 at Colorado, Oct. 16 vs. Utah (Thursday), Oct. 25 at Stanford, Nov. 1 vs. Cal, Nov. 8 vs. Washington State, Nov. 15 vs. Arizona State, Nov. 22 at Washington, Nov. 29 vs. Oregon.

EARLY DEPARTURES: Juniors Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton elected to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft, becoming the fourth and fifth Beavers to do so, joining Steven Jackson, Brandon Browner and Jacquizz Rodgers.  Cooks set new Pac-12 marks for receptions with 128 and single season yards with 1,730 (NCAA leader in 2013). He accounted for 226 receptions for 3,272 yards and 26 total touchdowns (24 rec, 2 rush) during his illustrious career. Overall, he compiled 3,863 all-purpose yards. Crichton made 165 career tackles for the Beavers, including 51 tackles-for-loss and 22.5 quarterback sacks. He ranks third all-time at OSU for tackles-for-loss and fourth for quarterback sacks.

BOWL HISTORY: Oregon State played in its 17th both game and now has a record of 10-7.  
     Dec. 24, 2013 – Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl – OSU 38, Boise State 23
    Dec. 29, 2012 -Valero Alamo Bowl – Texas 31, OSU 27
    Dec. 22, 2009 – MAACO Bowl Las Vegas – BYU 44, OSU 20
    Dec. 31, 2008 – Brut Sun Bowl – OSU 3, Pittsburgh 0
    Dec. 28, 2007 – Emerald Bowl – OSU 21, Maryland 14
    Dec. 29, 2006 – Brut Sun Bowl – OSU 39, Missouri 38
    Dec. 28, 2004 – Insight Bowl – OSU 38, Notre Dame 21
    Dec. 24, 2003 – Las Vegas Bowl – OSU 55, New Mexico 14
    Dec. 26, 2002 – Insight Bowl – Pittsburgh 38, OSU 13
    Jan. 1, 2001 – Fiesta Bowl – OSU 41, Notre Dame 9
    Dec. 24, 1999 – O’ahu Bowl – Hawai’i 23, OSU 17
    Jan. 1, 1965 – Rose Bowl – Michigan 34, OSU 7
    Dec. 15, 1962 – Liberty Bowl – OSU 6, Villanova 0
    Jan. 1, 1957 – Rose Bowl – Iowa 35, OSU 19
    Jan. 1, 1949 – Pineapple Bowl -- OSU 47, Hawai’i 27
    Jan. 1, 1942 – Rose Bowl – OSU 20, Duke 16 (played in Durham, NC)
    Jan. 1, 1940 – Pineapple Bowl – OSU 39, Hawai’i 6

COOKS WINS BILETNIKOFF: Brandin Cooks became the second Beaver to win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding receiver. Cooks edged out Sammy Watkins of Clemson and Mike Evans of Texas A&M to become the Beavers’ second Biletnikoff Award winner (Mike Hass, 2005).

COOKS A CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: Brandin Cooks became the Beavers’ second consecutive consensus All-American joining cornerback Jordan Poyer from the 2012 season.  He was the eighth Beaver to ever to be named to the Walter Camp All-America First Team, and also earned First Team accolades by the Football Writers Association, Sporting News and Associated Press among others.
Pac-12 Single Season Receptions
Rk    No.    Player        Yr
1.    128    Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013*
2.    118    Marqise Lee, USC    2012
3.    111    Robert Woods, USC    2011
*Tied OSU record with 14 receptions vs. San Diego State in Sept.

Pac-12 Single Season Yards
Rk    No.    Player        Yr
1.    1730     Brandin Cooks, OSU    2013

IT’S ANOTHER BEAVER FIRST DOWN: While receiver Brandin Cooks generated most of the headlines in terms of Beaver receivers, quarterback Sean Mannion spread the wealth with key connections to fellow wideouts Richard Mullaney and Kevin Cummings. Mullaney secured a first down or touchdown on 37 of his 52 receptions while Cummings did so on 15 of his 25.

PAC-12 ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Junior receiver Brandin Cooks earned Pac-12 Conference First Team as selected by the league’s coaches. Senior cornerback Rashaad Reynolds, junior defensive end Scott Crichton and sophomore center Isaac Seumalo earned Second Team. Senior guard Grant Enger and the junior quintet of tight end Connor Hamlett, quarterback Sean Mannion, safety Ryan Murphy, cornerback Steven Nelson and running back Terron Ward earned Honorable Mention.

ATTENDANCE RECORD: Oregon State averaged 42,964 fans for the 2013 home season, a record for a non-Civil War season and the third-best average for a single year.

ACCURATE PASSER: Quarterback Sean Mannion’s is flirting with the school record for career completion percentage that is currently held by Sean Canfield at 64.1 percent (552-861) during the 2006-09 seasons. Mannion, a four-time Manning Award recipient and two-time Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week is currently at a 65.3 percent (905-1385).
Career Completion Percentage  (1,000-Plus Att.) for Returning Quarterbacks
PCT    Player    Comp-Att    
.692    Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion    949-1372    
.653    Sean Mannion, Oregon State    905-1385

Most Passing Yards for Returning Quarterbacks in 2014
Yards    Player    Comp-Att
11,483    Taylor Heinicke, Old Dominion    949-1372
10,436    Sean Mannion, Oregon State    905-1385
10,176    Rakeem Cato, Marshall        886-1387

Pac-12 Career Passing Yards    
Rk    Yds    Player    Yrs
1.    12,274    Matt Barkley, USC    2009-12
2.    11,818    Carson Palmer, USC    1998-02
3.    11,249    Derek Anderson, OSU    2001-04
4.    10,913    Alex Brink, WSU    2004-07
5.    10,911    Steve Stenstrom, STAN    1991-94
6.    10,708    Cade McNown, UCLA    1995-98
7.    10,693    Matt Leinart, USC    2003-05
8.    10,492    Andrew Walter, ASU    2001-04
9.    10,491    Rudy Carpenter, ASU    2005-08
10.    10,436    Sean Mannion, OSU    2011-pres

Pac-12 Career Passing Touchdowns
Rk    TDs    Player    Yrs
1.    116    Matt Barkley, USC    2009-12
9.    74    Steve Stenstrom, STAN    1991-94
    74    Keith Price, WASH    2010-13
11.     72    Carson Palmer, USC    1998-2002
12.    70    Jason Gesser, WSU    1999-2002
13.    68    Cade McNown, UCLA    1995-99
    68    Sean Mannion, OSU    2010-pres

Pac-12 Season Passing Yards
Rk    Yds    Player    Season
1.    4662    Sean Mannion    2013

Pac-12 Season Touchdown Passes (2013)
Rk    TDs    Player    Season
1.    39    Matt Barkley, USC    2011
2.    38    Matt Leinart, USC    2003
3.    37    Andrew Luck, STAN    2011
    37    Sean Mannion, OSU    2013

ALL THOSE PASSES, FEW SACKS: Oregon State led the Pac-12 Conference for most pass attempts without a sack. The Beavers averaged 25 pass attempts for every allowed sack. Washington State was second at 24, followed by Arizona (23), Oregon (23), Colorado (21), Stanford (19), California (18), Utah (17), Washington (14), Arizona State (12), USC (11), UCLA (11).

372.6: The number of average yards the Beavers passed for during the season, third in the nation to the 394.8 yards per game by Fresno State and 392.8 by Texas Tech.

THAT’S A RECORD: Here are the team/individual records for OSU from the 2013 season:
•        Most Yards Back-to-Back Games – Sean Mannion, 974 yards vs. Cal & WSU (Pac-12 record).
•    Most passing yards in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 493 yards vs. WSU (OSU record)
•    Most completions in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 41 vs. Stanford (OSU record)
•    Most TDs Passing in 1 game – Sean Mannion, 6 vs. Colorado (OSU record)
•    Most TDs passing in season – Sean Mannion, 37 (OSU record)
•    Most 350-yard passing games in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 7 (OSU record)
•    Most career 350-yard passing games – Sean Mannion, 9 (ties OSU record)
•    Most pass completions in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 400 (OSU record)
•    Most passes Attempted in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 603 (OSU record)
•    Most passing yards in 1 season – Sean Mannion, 4,662 (OSU record)
•    Most TD – QB-WR connections – 23, Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks (OSU record)
•    Most receptions in 1 game – Brandin Cooks, 14 vs. San Diego State (ties OSU record)
•    Most receptions in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 128 (Pac-12 record)
•    Most TD receptions in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 16, (OSU record)    
•    Most TD receptions in career – Brandin Cooks, 24 (OSU record)
•    Most yards receiving in 1 season – Brandin Cooks, 1,730 (Pac-12 record)
•    Most kickoff return yards in 1 game – Victor Bolden, 305 yds vs. UW (Pac-12 record)
•    Most all-purpose yards in 1 game – Victor Bolden, 327 yds vs. UW (OSU record)
•    Most kickoff returns in 1 game – 12, Victor Bolden vs. UW (Pac-12 record)
•    Fumbles Ret. for TDs in 1 game – 2, Rashaad Reynolds vs. Boise State (OSU record)
•    40-plus points in 3 consecutive games (Colo, WSU, Cal – OSU record)
•    Most Interceptions returned for TDs (Tied) – 3 (OSU record)
•    Most passes completed in 1 season – 413 (OSU record)
•    Most passes attempted in 1 season – 625 (OSU record)
•    Most passing yards in 1 season – 4,844 (Pac-12 record)
•    Most passing TDs in 1 season – 38 (OSU record)

OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARY: Oregon State tied for sixth in the nation and was second in the Pac-12 for interceptions with 19. First-year Beaver cornerback Steven Nelson and veteran Rashaad Reynolds tied for first in the Pac-12 with six with Arizona State’s Robert Nelson and Washington State’s Deone Buchanon.

PICK SIX: Cornerbacks Steven Nelson, Sean Martin, and safety Ryan Murphy all had interceptions for touchdowns. Nelson’s 16-yard return against San Diego State with 2:16 left provided the winning points in 34-30 win at Qualcomm Stadium. Martin returned a third-quarter pass 27 yards in OSU’s 51-48 overtime victory at Utah. Murphy scored on a 41-yard return in the second quarter vs. USC. The three interception returns for touchdowns tied the school record.

SCORING ALTERNATIVE: Oregon State scored five touchdowns on defense in 2013. Besides the three pick sixes, cornerback Rashaad Reynolds added two scores on fumble recoveries.

BEAVS AT 104: USC owns the most victories in the Pac-12 Conference this century with 138 (114 with vacated wins), followed by Oregon (133), OSU (104), Arizona State (95), UCLA (95), Stanford (93), Cal (87),  Washington (79), Arizona (77), WSU (72).  Utah has 115 victories this century and Colorado has 71. The Beavers hit the 100-win plateau this century in the Oct. 21 win at San Diego State. The previous 100-win stretch started during the 1966 season, ending with 1999 – nearly 34 seasons (365 games). This century’s 100 victories were achieved in just over 13 seasons (168 games).

TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT: Oregon State completed 413 passes in 13 games. The 413 completions rank as the fourth-most in the country.  The Beavers completed passes to 17 different receivers.

TIGHT ENDS PLAYED BIG ROLE: OSU’s tight ends caught 91 passes during the season, the most in the Mike Riley era. In the Mike Riley era part II twice the Beavers have had a low of 29 receptions by the tight ends (2005, ’08). The TEs combined for 924 yards and 11 touchdowns.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Oregon State has had five Pac-12 Players of the Week. Rashaad Reynolds earned the defensive honor after forcing two fumbles and collecting two interceptions at WSU and then was named MVP of the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl after returning two fumbles for touchdowns. Quarterback Sean Mannion earned the offensive player of the week recognition after passing for an OSU record six touchdown passes against Colorado and prior to that a 443-yard five score effort at Utah. Mannion also has been named the Manning Award Player of the Week twice (the same games). Cornerback Steven Nelson earned the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week award after returning an interception 16 yards for a touchdown with 2:31 left in the win at San Diego State. Kicker Trevor Romaine made all three of his field goal attempts and had five touchbacks in the win at Utah earning him Special Teams Player of the Week. Mannion has been selected for the weekly conference honor four times in his career, Romaine twice, and Nelson and Reynolds once.

OFFENSIVE LINE SHUFFLE: Oregon State offensive line, thought to be a position of depth in the spring, has become thinner throughout camp and into the early part of the season. Four starters returned and the Beavers were expected to start highly regarded sophomore Gavin Andrews at the one open spot, right tackle. However, Andrews was diagnosed with mono the week before the season started forcing a shuffle along the line. Grant Enger, who was slated to start at right guard, moved to right tackle and junior Roman Sapolu took over at right guard. In addition, returning center Isaac Seumalo was unable to play in the season opener due to a bruised knee forcing sophomore Josh Mitchell into the lineup during Week 1. Heading into Week 2, Seumalo, a freshman All-American, returned to the starting lineup to anchor the line. However in OSU’s win over Hawai’i Enger sprained his left knee and missed three games (he is expected to return this week) and Sapolu suffered a foot injury and will miss the rest of the season. At San Diego State, Mitchell injured an ankle that left him sidelined and forced another shuffle along the line. Last game against Colorado, the Beavers started Michael Philipp (LT), Josh Andrews (LG) and Seumalo (C) – their usual positions, although Seumalo has started two games at right tackle this year – with redshirt freshman Grant Bays at right guard and true freshman Sean Harlow at right tackle. OSU’s line has been further diminished with the prolonged recoveries of Justin Addie (concussion) and Garrett Weinreich (knee injury suffered in August 2012). In addition, the retirement early in fall camp of David Keller (concussions), who was expected be the top back-up at guard, and Chase Eldredge (knee) during the summer further complicates the situation. Following the first bye week, the Beavers welcomed by Gavin Andrews and Enger against Washington State.

60TH ANNIVERSARY OF RESER STADIUM: The season marked the 60th anniversary of Reser Stadium, which officially opened as Parker Stadium Nov. 14, 1953 with a 7-0 Beaver victory over Washington State. The stadium’s name was changed to Reser Stadium prior to the 1999 season after a generous donation by Al and Pat Reser. OSU has had particular success of late at the Stadium, but overall has had many outstanding victories. Beaver teams have defeated nationally ranked opponents (entering the season) 16 times, including No. 1 USC twice (1967 & 2008).  

RESER RECORD: Oregon State’s home record of 61-25 this century at Reser Stadium is third best in the Pac-12 Conference, trailing the home records of only Oregon (73-13) and USC (67-15).  

NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE: Oregon State coaches have a combined 42 years of full-time NFL coaching experience. Mike Riley (4 years), Mark Banker (3), Bruce Read (7), Danny Langsdorf (3), Mike Cavanaugh (2) and Rod Perry (23), In addition, running backs coach Chris Brasfield served two years as an intern and two seasons as a scout in the NFL. Graduate assistants coaches Kyle DeVan (tight ends) and Keaton Kristick (linebackers) played in the NFL - DeVan for the five years with the Jets, Colts (Super Bowl starter), Eagles and Titans; and Kristick for two years with the 49ers.

RILEY’S RIGHT-HAND GUYS: Oregon State has been fairly stable in terms of assistant coaches, particularly at the coordinator positions. Defensive coordinator Mark Banker has been on the staff since 2003 in his current role (served 1997-98 seasons as secondary coach); he has the second longest tenure as the defensive coordinator at one school (Buddy Green, Navy, 12 years) in the 2013 season. Banker was also with Riley for the 1999-2001 seasons with the Chargers (Def. Coord.) and in 1996 at USC. Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf  has been in his role since 2004 (was a G.A. for TE in 1997-98) and was with the Saints with Riley for the 2002 season.

SCHOOL RECORD COACH: Mike Riley continues to build on his school record for victories, now with 88. The longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 has 56 league wins, which is tied for 11th with Rich Brooks (Oregon/1977-94). Riley’s overall league record is 56-56 (14 of those losses in his first era of 1997-98) – his second tenure (2003-present) league mark is 54-42. For more on Riley turn to his bio in this notes package.  Riley is the longest tenured coach in the Pac-12 as of the end of the 2013 season with 13 years at OSU; the rest of the league at the conclusion of the ’13 season included Kyle Whittingham, Utah (9 yrs), Steve Sarkisian, UW/USC (5), David Shaw, Stanford (3), Todd Graham, ASU (2), Mike Leach, WSU (2), Rich Rodriguez, Arizona (2), Sonny Dykes, Cal (first), Mark Helfrich, Oregon (first) and Mike MacIntyre, Colorado (first).

RE-BEAVED: During the offseason the Beavers re-beaved thanks to Nike, introducing a new brand in March. The new brand includes a new logo, plus several uniform combos. Football also sports three helmet designs.

ONE OF SIX: Third-year athletic trainer Ariko Iso (uh-REE-ko E-so) is one of only six female head football trainers in the FBS - Jennifer Brodeur at Massachusetts, Laurie Fincher at UAB, Dawn Hearn at UTEP, Kelli Pugh at Virginia and Mary Vander Heiden at Central Florida are the others. Iso joined the program in late spring of 2011 after being the only female athletic trainer in the NFL (Steelers).

TEAM CAPTAINS: The 2013 team captains are seniors Rashaad Reynolds (CB), Michael Doctor (LB), Grant Enger (OG), and juniors Brandin Cooks (WR) and Sean Mannion (QB). Mannion has been selected for the second straight season – no Beaver has ever been a three-year team captain.

WIN THE TURNOVER BATTLE, WIN THE GAME: Over the last 125 games, Oregon State is 48-10 when committing fewer turnovers than its opponent, 11-34 when committing more and 12-10 when even.

RUNNING BACK U: Oregon State is the only program in the Pac-12 Conference with three running backs that rank in the top 10 for career rushing in the league; 3. Ken Simonton (1998-2001), 5,044 yards; 8. Jacquizz Rodgers (2008-10), 3,877; 9. Yvenson Bernard (2004-07), 3,862. Steven Jackson (2001-03) ranks 14th with 3,625 yards.  Rodgers and Jackson both left OSU after three seasons to enter the NFL.

76-9: That’s the record of Oregon State when it leads after three quarters with Mike Riley as head coach.  Since the start of the 2004 season it is 56-5.
100-PLUS USUALLY A W: When a Beaver rushes for 100-plus yards it usually equals a victory.  OSU has won 26 of its last 32 games (81%) when a rusher gains 100 – the only six losses in that period -- Oct. 2, 2008 at Utah (Jacquizz Rodgers 101 yds), Oct. 24, 2009 at USC (Jacquizz 113), Oct. 16, 2010 at Washington (Jacquizz 140), Sept. 3, 2011 vs. Sacramento State (Malcolm Agnew 223), Dec. 29, 2012 vs. Texas (Storm Woods 118) and Nov. 29 vs. Oregon (Terron Ward 145).

BOWL HISTORY: Starting with the 1999 season thru 2013, Oregon State has appeared in 11 bowl games – tied for the second-most in the league. Oregon has 14 appearances, followed by OSU (11), Utah (11), USC (11), UCLA (11), Arizona State (10), Cal (8), Washington (8), Stanford (7), Colorado (6), Arizona (5) and Washington State (4).

TRUE “STUDENT-ATHLETES” Oregon State is routinely among the league leaders for Pac-12 academic selections and this year should be no different. The following players graduated in December: OG, Josh Andrews (sociology); OG Grant Enger (entrepreneurship); WR Micah Hatfield (human development/family studies); QB Sean Mannion (liberal studies); OT Michael Philipp (public health); CB  Rashaad Reynolds (human development/family studies); RB Jovan Stevenson (sociology). Graduates in March include DT John Braun (sociology); WR Kevin Cummings (marketing); LB Michael Doctor (human development/family studies); LB Charlie Gilmur (marketing); DE Devon Kell (public health); CB Sean Martin (new media); WR Mitch Singler (marketing); QB Cody Vaz (sociology). June graduates include S Steven Christian (master of arts in interdisciplinary studies); P Tim McMullen (exercise & sport science); DT Mana Rosa (psychology).

WOODCHIPS: OSU and Eastern Washington each scored 40-plus points, the first time both teams scored that many in an OSU game since 1999 against Georgia Southern (OSU win 48-41) – that was again achieved in the Beavers 51-48 overtime win at Utah … both the Hawai’I and Utah games required an ambulance on the field for an injured player, in both instances the players were released from the hospital that day/night ... DL Jalen Grimble’s cousin, Xavier Grimble, plays tight end for USC … QB Cody Vaz missed much of the first bye week practice session due to dropping an 85-pound weight on his foot …  OSU’s quarterbacks were sacked nine times through the first seven games, but eight times against Stanford … OSU allowed school records of 69 points and 530 rushing yards vs. Washington.